I just bought an RV 10 and the selection process was long and tedious. I rejected the first two at pre-buy. One had very poor quality finish work and a questionable motor. The second was dirty and poorly maintained. It was difficult to find someone with RV experience to do the inspections, Nick Bachert owned a -7 and was almost complete in his -10 and agreed to do the second plane. He was extremely thorough and saved me a ton of headache.
I finally found what I was looking for. Doug Peterson had built a -6, a -7, and my plane was his second -10. No he is not a for-profit serial builder, he flew all of his planes for a few years. His engineering background and years of experience building made me very comfortable with this plane. I had him do a condition inspection and hired another accomplished builder to inspect the airframe while it was opened up. The result has been a plane that I am very proud to own and fly.
All of this was expensive and time consuming but with the advice of folks like Vic, Jesse Saint, and Gary Brown the story has a happy ending. I want to thank all the folks in this owners group, I am glad to be onboard.
2018 dues paid (and not just this forum)